Most homeowners in Austin pay around $5,000 for foundation repair services. However, the total cost can range from as little as $250 to over $20,000, depending on the severity of the damage and whether the repair includes a warranty. We’ll break down the pricing of inpidual foundation repair projects common in Austin below.
Cost to Seal Small Cracks
Thin vertical wall cracks and hairline floor cracks typically just require sealing with a high-quality epoxy or polyurethane. Most foundation repair specialists charge between $250 and $750 for this service, depending on the crack’s size.
Cost to Fix Sinking Foundations or Stair-Step Cracks
Differential settlement issues – including stair-step wall cracks and uneven or wide floor cracks – are often best treated with underpinning. This process involves a concrete repair expert installing supportive push piers under your home to add structure where the soil has shrunk away from the concrete. The total cost varies from around $3,000 to over $20,000, depending on how many piers you need and whether your situation calls for cheaper steel piers or more expensive helical options.
Cost to Fix Horizontal Cracks or Bowing Foundation Walls
Most foundation repair contractors use earth anchors to repair damages caused by excessive hydrostatic pressure, including horizontal cracks and inward bowing of the foundation walls. Earth anchors can pull your wall back to its original position and help keep it upright in the event of future inward stresses from the surrounding soil. Earth anchors average around $1,000 each for materials and the installation. Most walls require three to five anchors for a total project price of $3,000 to $5,000. The anchors are expensive, but many come with a lifetime warranty. Some contractors use carbon fiber support strips on bowing foundation walls to prevent further inward movement. These are more cost-effective at an average of $2,000, but it’s not as permanent of a repair. As such, most homeowners opt to get the proper solution done the first time around.
Cost to Waterproof Your Basement or Crawl Space
Water intrusion and moisture build-up in Austin basements and crawlspaces are prevalent problems because of the expansive soil, frequent flooding, and rain during the wet season. The best option to end water or moisture problems is typically a basement waterproofing system. The system can vary in price from around $2,500 to $10,000, with an average cost of approximately $5,000. The system can include several methods to limit water intrusion and build-up, including an exterior drainage system, sump pumps, dehumidifiers, vapor barriers, crawlspace encapsulation, and more. The efficacy of a basement system will largely be determined by how comprehensive it is and the quality of the work. As such, we recommend choosing a foundation repair company with years of experience that is accredited by the better business bureau.